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Allen County Public Library 

2012 Poetry Contest 




Sponsored by: 

Friends of the Library 
Young Adults' Services 
Children's Services 



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ACPL 



ACPL 



Allen County Public Library • Fort Wayne, IN 46802 • www.acpl.info 



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2012 Poetry Contest 

Allen County Public Library 

Just Write It! 



Thank you to the over eleven hundred children and young adults 
who submitted poems for this contest. 

Thank you also to our judges: 



Helen Presser 

Cindy Steury 

Bob Jones 

Fran Hewett 

Katie Tunis 

Susi Jones 

Betty Stein 

Mark Hewett 

Tammy Miller 



Canterbury Lower School 

Huntington University 

Retired Teacher 

Croninger Elementary 

Imagine School on Broadway 

Hoagland Elementary 

Memorial Park Middle School 

Croninger Elementary 

Woodlan Junior/Senior High School 



Mary R. Voors 

Children's Services 

421-1220 




ACPL 



Peggy Vaniman 

Young Adults' Services 

421-1255 



Allen County Public Library 

900 Library Plaza 

Fort Wayne, IN 46802 

(260)421-1200 

www.acpl.info 



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Winners by Grade 



Grade 



Place 



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Kindergarten 
Kindergarten 
Kindergarten 
Kindergarten 

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Grade 1 
Grade 1 
Grade 1 
Grade 1 

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Grade 2 
Grade 2 
Grade 2 
Grade 2 

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Grade 3 
Grade 3 
Grade 3 
Grade 3 



1 st Place 

2 nd Place 

3 rd Place 

Honorable 
Mention 



Name of Poem 
» » » » » » » » » » » » » 
I Love Trucks 
Yellow Stuff 
Friends Can 
My Teacher 



Name 

» » » » » » » » » » » » » 
Cameron Willwerth 
Liam Snyder 
Adderly Surack 
Lauren Biggs 



» » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » 



1 st Place 

2 nd Place 

3 rd Place 

Honorable 
Mention 

» » » » » » 

1 st Place 

2 nd Place 

3 rd Place 

Honorable 
Mention 

» » » » » » 

1 st Place 

2 nd Place 

3 rd Place 

Honorable 
Mention 



» » » 

Grade 4 
Grade 4 
Grade 4 
Grade 4 

» » » » » » 
Grade 5 
Grade 5 
Grade 5 



» » » » » » » » 



1 st Place 

2 nd Place 

3 rd Place 

Honorable 
Mention 

» » » » » » 

1 st Place 
2 nd Place 
3 rd Place 



Cars 

The Acorn 
Spanky 
untitled 

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Yuck 
Couplets 

Broccoli and Cheese 
untitled 

» » » » » » » » » » » » » 
"Volleyball, Volleyball" 
Butterflies 
Pigs 
Homonym 

» » » » » » » » » » » » » 
The Perfect Tree 
Dream 
untitled 
Owl Chicks 



Evan Salah 
Tara Tun 

Katie Grace Schaefer 
Brooklyn Woodward 

» » » » » » » » » » » » » 
Allison Smith 
Kiran Kulkami 
Campbell Twomey 
Rachel Musgrave 



School 

» » » » » » » » » » » » » » » 

Eel River 
Canterbury 
Canterbury 
Canterbury 

» » » » » » » » » » » » » » » 

Canterbury 

Southwick 

Haverhill 

Hickory Center 

» » » » » » » » » » » » » » » 

Emmanuel-St. Michael 

Canterbury 

Emmanuel-St. Michael 

Emmanuel-St. Michael 



» » » » » » » » » » » » » » » 
Reagan Salzbrenner 
Ashton Widenhoefer 
Adrienne Spieth 
Makayla Woodbury 

» » » » » » » » » » » » » » » 
Kristina Urberg 
Lauren Butler 
Daniel Coker 
Gabby Spier 



» » » » » » » » » » » » » 

Central Lutheran 

Central Lutheran 

Central Lutheran 

Homeschool 

» » » » » » » » » » » » » 

Canterbury 

Concordia Lutheran 

Canterbury 

Canterbury 



» » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » 



Grade 5 3 rd Place 



Grade 5 
Grade 5 

» » » » » 
Grade 6 
Grade 6 
Grade 6 
Grade 6 



3 rd Place 

Honorable 
Mention 

» » » » » » » 

1 st Place 

2 nd Place 

3 rd Place 

Honorable 
Mention 



The Fall Dragon 

Autumn 

Ferrets co-written 
with Jalynn Heinkel 

Ferrets co-written with 
Breanna Banks 

Halloween Fright 

Just Me 

» » » » » » » » » » » » » 
untitled 
Books 
Just Write It 
My Favorite Utensil 



Nathan Phuong 
Kristen Davis 
Breanna Banks 

Jalynn Heinkel 

Mackenzie Anderson 
Madeline Hildreth 

» » » » » » » » » » » » » » » 
Paulina Rodriguez 
Sarah Hobson 
Simone Corey 
Alejandro Lopez 



Aboite 

Croninger 

Holland 

Holland 

Haverhill 
Canterbury 

» » » » » » » » » » » » » 

Miami 

Hobson Homeschool 

Memorial Park Middle School 

Memorial Park Middle School 



» » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » 



» » » 



» » » » » » » » 



» » » » » » » » » » » » » 



Grade 7 


1 st Place 


Fear 


Randy Swim 


Leo 


Grade 7 


2 nd Place 


What are we made of? 


Hannah Moore 


Memorial Park Middle School 


Grade 7 


3 rd Place 


That Feeling 


Kirsten Lindow 


Holy Cross Lutheran 


Grade 7 


Honorable 
Mention 


Winter 


Grace Kepple 


Summit 


Grade 7 


Honorable 
Mention 


Be Wary of Wolves 


Hannah Weaver 


Pax Classical Academy 


» » » » » » 


» » » » » » » 


» » » » » » » » » » » » » » 


» » » » » » » » » » » » 


» » » » » » » » » » » » » » 


Grade 8 


1 st Place 


Pencil 


Jacob Tom 


Holy Cross Lutheran 


Grade 8 


2 nd Place 


The Autumn Dance 


Corinne Routh 


Woodside 


Grade 8 


3 rd Place 


Another Day 


Audrey Seantlin 


Memorial Park 


Grade 8 


Honorable 
Mention 


Nervous 


Ricky Broemmel 


Memorial Park 


» » » » » » 


» » » » » » » 


» » » » » » » » » » » » » » 


» » » » » » » » » » » » 


» » » » » » » » » » » » » » 


Grade 9 


1 st Place 


Favorite Things 


Dominic Perugini 


Concordia Lutheran 


Grade 9 


2 nd Place 


Spring 


Alex Koenemann 


Concordia Lutheran 


Grade 9 


3 rd Place 


Music 


Aaron Reynolds 


Concordia Lutheran 


Grade 9 


Honorable 
Mention 


The Fight for Unity 


Nick Coomer 


Concordia Lutheran 


» » » » » » 


» » » » » » » 


» » » » » » » » » » » » » » 


» » » » » » » » » » » » 


» » » » » » » » » » » » » » 


Grade 10 


1 st Place 


We Will Cope 


Hannah Beer 


Homeschool 


Grade 10 


2 nd Place 


Silent leaves 


Justin Swan 


Concordia Lutheran 


Grade 10 


3 rd Place 


Living Without You 


Taylor Bryant 


Concordia Lutheran 


Grade 10 


Honorable 
Mention 


Just Tel! Me 


Joycelynn Witherspoon 


New Tech Academy at Wayne 


» » » » » » 


» » » » » » » 


» » » » » » » » » » » » » » 


» » » » » » » » » » » » 


» » » » » » » » » » » » » » 


Grade 1 1 


1 st Place 


I Dance 


Becca Gunter 


Bi< hop Dwenger 


Grade 1 1 


2 nd Place 


The Traveler 


Jane Freistroffer 


Bishop Dwenger 


Grade 1 1 


3 rd Place 


Tears 


Claire Gardner 


Leo 


Grade 1 1 


Honorable 
Mention 


Guardian Angel 


Eliese Kurtzweg 


Bishop Dwenger 


» » » » » » 


» » » » » » » 


» » » » » » » » » » » » » » 


» » » » » » » » » » » » 


» » » » » » » » » » » » » » 


Grade 12 


1 st Place 


A round moon at that night 


Mingyi Sum 


Bishop Dwenger 


Grade 12 


2 nd Place 


If I Were a Rose 


Emily Barrand 


South Side 


Grade 12 


3 rd Place 


untitled 


Larraine Graham 


Concordia Lutheran 


Grade 12 


Honorable 
Mention 


untitled 


Taryn Ahmed 


Concordia Lutheran 



» » » » » » 



» » » 



» » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » 



» » » » » 



"^19 



Winners by School 


Grade 


Place 


Name of Poem 


Name 


School 


» » » » » » 


» » » » » » » 


» » » » » » » » » » » » 


» » » » » » » » » » » » » » » >: 


» » » » » » » » » » » » » 


Grade 5 


1 st Place 


The Fall Dragon 


Nathan Phuong 


Aboite 


Grade 1 1 


2 nd Place 


The Traveler 


Jane Freistroffer 


Bishop Dwenger 


Grade 11 


1 st Place 


I Dance 


Becca Gunter 


Bishop Dwenger 


Grade 1 1 


Honorable 
Mention 


Guardian Angel 


Eliese Kurtzweg 


Bishop Dwenger 


Grade 12 


1 st Place 


A round moon 
at that night 


Mingyi Sum 


Bishop Dwenger 


Kindergarten 


Honorable 
Mention 


My Teacher 


Lauren Biggs 


Canterbury 


Grade 4 


3 rd Place 


untitled 


Daniel Coker 


Canterbury 


Grade 2 


2 nd Place 


Couplets 


Kiran Kulkami 


Canterbury 


Grade 1 


1 st Place 


Cars 


Evan Salah 


Canterbury 


Kindergarten 


2 nd Place 


Yellow Stuff 


Liam Snyder 


Canterbury 


Grade 4 


Honorable 
Mention 


Owl Chicks 


Gabby Spier 


Canterbury 


Kindergarten 


3 rd Place 


Friends Can 


Adderly Surack 


Canterbury 


Grade 4 


1 st Place 


The Perfect Tree 


Kristina Urberg 


Canterbury 


Grade 5 


Honorable 
Mention 


Just Me 


Madeline Hildreth 


Canterbury 


Grade 3 


1 st Place 


"Volleyball, Volleyball- 


Reagan Salzbrenner 


Central Lutheran 


Grade 3 


3 rd Place 


Pigs 


Adrienne Spieth 


Central Lutheran 


Grade 3 


2 nd Place 


Butterflies 


Ashton Widenhoefer 


Central Lutheran 


Grade 4 


2 nd Place 


Dream 


Lauren Butler 


Concordia Lutheran 


Grade 12 


Honorable 
Mention 


untitled 


Taryn Ahmed 


Concordia Lutheran 


Grade 10 


3 rd Place 


Living Without You 


Taylor Bryant 


Concordia Lutheran 


Grade 9 


Honorable 
Mention 


The Fight for Unity 


Nick Coomer 


Concordia Lutheran 


Grade 12 


3 rd Place 


untitled 


Larraine Graham 


Concordia Lutheran 


Grade 9 


2 nd Place 


Spring 


Alex Koenemann 


Concordia Lutheran 


Grade 9 


1 st Place 


Favorite Things 


Dominic Perugini 


Concordia Lutheran 


Grade 9 


3 rd Place 


Music 


Aaron Reynolds 


Concordia Lutheran 


Grade 10 


2 nd Place 


Silent leaves 


Justin Swan 


Concordia Lutheran 


Grade 5 


2 nd Place 


Autumn 


Kristen Davis 


Croninger 


Kindergarten 


1 st Place 


I Love Trucks 


Cameron Willwerth 


Eel River 


Grade 2 


Honorable 
Mention 


untitled 


Rachel Musgrave 


Emmanuel-St. Michael 


Grade 2 


1 st Place 


Yuck 


Allison Smith 


Emmanuel-St. Michael 


Grade 2 


3 rd Place 


Broccoli and Cheese 


Campbell Twomey 


Emmanuel-St. Michael 


Grade 1 


3 rd Place 


Spanky 


Katie Grace Schaefer 


Haverhill 


Grade 5 


3 rd Place 


Halloween Fright 


Mackenzie Anderson 


Haverhill Elementary 



M 



Grade 1 


Honorable 
Mention 


untitled 


Brooklyn Woodward 


Hickory Center 


Grade 6 


2 nd Place 


Books 


Sarah Hobson 


Hobson Homeschool 


Grade 5 


3 rd Place 


Ferrets co-written with 
Jalynn Heinkel 


Breanna Banks 


Holland 


Grade 5 


3 rd Place 


Ferrets co-written with 
Breanna Banks 


Jalynn Heinkel 


Holland 


Grade 7 


3 rd Place 


That Feeling 


Kirsten Lindow 


Holy Cross Lutheran 


Grade 8 


1 st Place 


Pencil 


Jacob Tom 


Holy Cross Lutheran 


Grade 10 


1 st Place 


We Will Cope 


Hannah Beer 


Homeschool 


Grade 3 


Honorable 
Mention 


Homonym 


Makayla Woodbury 


Homeschool 


Grade 1 1 


3 rd Place 


Tears 


Claire Gardner 


Leo 


Grade 7 


1 st Place 


Fear 


Randy Swim 


Leo 


Grade 8 


Honorable 
Mention 


Nervous 


Ricky Broemmel 


Memorial Park 


Grade 6 


3 rd Place 


Just Write It 


Simone Corey 


Memorial Park 


Grade 6 


Honorable 
Mention 


My Favorite Utensil 


Alejandro Lopez 


Memorial Park 


Grade 7 


2 nd Place 


What are we made of? 


Hannah Moore 


Memorial Park 


Grade 8 


3 rd Place 


Another Day 


Audrey Seantlin 


Memorial Park 


Grade 6 


1 st Place 


untitled 


Paulina Rodriguez 


Miami 


Grade 10 


Honorable 
Mention 


Just Tell Me 


Joycelynn Witherspoon 


New Tech Academy 


Grade 7 


Honorable 
Mention 


Be Wary of Wolves 


Hannah Weaver 


Pax Clasbical Academy 


Grade 12 


2 nd Place 


If I Were a Rose 


Emily Barrand 


South Side 


Grade 1 


2 nd Place 


The Acorn 


Tara Tun 


Southwick 


Grade 7 


Honorable 


Winter 


Grace Kepple 


Summit 


Grade 8 


2 nd Place 


The Autumn Dance 


Corinne Routh 


Woodside 



■1! 



Winners 


by Poet's 1 


_ast Name 






Grade 


Place 


Name of Poem 


Poet's Name 


School 


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>> » » » » » » 


» » » » » » » » » » » » > 


> » » » » » » » » » » » » 


» » » » » » » » » » » » » » » » 


Grade 12 


Honorable 
Mention 


untitled 


Taryn Ahmed 


Concordia Lutheran 


Grade 5 


3 rd Place 


Halloween Fright 


Mackenzie Anderson 


Haverhill 


Grade 5 


3 rd Place 


Ferrets co-written with 
Jalynn Heinkel 


Breanna Banks 


Holland 


Grade 12 


2 nd Place 


If I Were a Rose 


Emily Barrand 


South Side 


Grade 10 


1 st Place 


We Will Cope 


Hannah Beer 


Homeschool 


Kindergarten 


Honorable 
Mention 


My Teacher 


Lauren Biggs 


Canterbury 


Grade 8 


Honorable 
Mention 


Nervous 


Ricky Broemmel 


Memorial Park 


Grade 10 


3 rd Place 


Living Without You 


Taylor Bryant 


Concordia Lutheran 


Grade 4 


2 nd Place 


Dream 


Lauren Butler 


Concordia Lutheran 


Grade 4 


3 rd Place 


untitled 


Daniel Coker 


Canterbury 


Grade 9 


Honorable 
Mention 


The Fight for Unity 


Nick Coomer 


Concordia Lutheran 


Grade 6 


3 rd Place 


Just Write It 


Simone Corey 


Memorial Park 


Grade 5 


2 nd Place 


Autumn 


Kristen Davis 


Croninger 


Grade 1 1 


2 nd Place 


The Traveler 


Jane Freistroffer 


Bishop Dwenger 


Grade 1 1 


3 rd Place 


Tears 


Claire Gardner 


Leo 


Grade 12 


3 rd Place 


untitled 


Larraine Graham 


Concordia Lutheran 


Grade 1 1 


1 st Place 


I Dance 


Becca Gunter 


Bishop Dwenger 


Grade 5 


3 rd Place 


Ferrets co-written with 
Breanna Banks 


Jalynn Heinkel 


Holland 


Grade 5 


Honorable 
Mention 


Just Me 


Madeline Hildreth 


Canterbury 


Grade 6 


2 nd Place 


Books 


Sarah Hobson 


Hobson Homeschool 


Grade 7 


Honorable 


Winter 


Grace Kepple 


Summit 


Grade 9 


2 nd Place 


Spring 


Alex Koenemann 


Concordia Lutheran 


Grade 2 


2 nd Place 


Couplets 


Kiran Kulkami 


Canterbury 


Grade 1 1 


Honorable 
Mention 


Guardian Angel 


Eliese Kurtzweg 


Bishop Dwenger 


Grade 7 


3 rd Place 


That Feeling 


Kirsten Lindow 


Holy Cross Lutheran 


Grade 6 


Honorable 
Mention 


My Favorite Utensil 


Alejandro Lopez 


Memorial Park 


Grade 7 


2 nd Place 


What are we made of? 


Hannah Moore 


Memorial Park 



Grade 2 


Honorable 
Mention 


untitled 


Rachel Musgrave 


Emmanuel-St. Michael 


Grade 9 


1 st Place 


Favorite Things 


Dominic Perugini 


Concordia Lutheran 


Grade 5 


1 st Place 


The Fall Dragon 


Nathan Phuong 


Aboite 


Grade 9 


3 rd Place 


Music 


Aaron Reynolds 


Concordia Lutheran 


Grade 6 


1 st Place 


untitled 


Paulina Rodriguez 


Miami 


Grade 8 


2 nd Place 


The Autumn Dance 


Corinne Routh 


Woodside 


Grade 1 


1 st Place 


Cars 


Evan Salah 


Canterbury 


Grade 3 


1 st Place 


"Volleyball, Volleyball" 


Reagan Salzbrenner 


Central Lutheran 


Grade 1 


3 rd Place 


Spanky 


Katie Grace Schaefer 


Haverhill 


Grade 8 


3 rd Place 


Another Day 


Audrey Seantlin 


Memorial Park 


Grade 2 


1 st Place 


Yuck 


Allison Smith 


Emmanuel-St. Michael 


Kindergarten 


2 nd Place 


Yellow Stuff 


Liam Snyder 


Canterbury 


Grade 4 


Honorable 
Mention 


Owl Chicks 


Gabby Spier 


Canterbury 


Grade 3 


3 rd Place 


Pigs 


Adrienne Spieth 


Central Lutheran 


Grade 12 


1 st Place 


A round moon at that night 


Mingyi Sum 


Bishop Dwenger 


Kindergarten 


3 rd Place 


Friends Can 


Adderly Surack 


Canterbury 


Grade 10 


2 nd Place 


Silent leaves 


Justin Swan 


Concordia Lutheran 


Grade 7 


1 st Place 


Fear 


Randy Swim 


Leo 


Grade 8 


1 st Place 


Pencil 


Jacob Tom 


Holy Cross Lutheran 


Grade 1 


2 nd Place 


The Acorn 


Tara Tun 


Southwick 


Grade 2 


3 rd Place 


Broccoli and Cheese 


Campbell Twomey 


Emmanuei-St. Michael 


Grade 4 


1 st Place 


The Perfect Tree 


Kristina Urberg 


Canterbury 


Grade 7 


Honorable 
Mention 


Be Wary of Wolves 


Hannah Weaver 


Pax Classical Academy 


Grade 3 


2 nd Place 


Butterflies 


Ashton Widenhoefer 


Central Lutheran 


Kindergarten 


1 st Place 


I Love Trucks 


Cameron Willwerth 


Eel River 


Grade 10 


Honorable 
Mention 


Just Tell Me 


Joycelynn Witherspoon 


New Tech Academy 


Grade 3 


Honorable 
Mention 


Homonym 


Makayla Woodbury 


Homeschool 


Grade 1 


Honorable 
Mention 


untitled 


Brooklyn Woodward 


Hickory Center 


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Kindergarten-1 st Place Eel River Elementary 

Cameron Willwerth 

I Love Trucks 

Diggers, diggers, yellow and tall 

Forklifts, forklifts, yellow and small 

Rollers, rollers, big and round 

Graders, graders, scraping the ground 

Cranes, cranes, up so high 

Up so high, in the sky 

Frontend loaders lifting up dirt 

Construction workers in their bright yellow shirts 

I Love Trucks! 



Kindergarten-2 nd Place Canterbury School 

Liam Snyder 

Yellow Stuff 

Sun. 

Macaroni and cheese. 

Stars. 

Pencils. 

I like yellow. 



Kindergarten-3 rd Place Canterbury School 

Adderly Surack 

Friends can 

Friends can run. 
Friends can play. 
Friends can walk. 



Kindergarten-Honorable Mention Canterbury School 

Lauren Biggs 

My Teacher 

She teaches. 
She's kind. 
I love her hugs. 
Oh, Mrs. Laipple. 
She loves me. 



First Grade-1 st Place Canterbury School 

Evan Salah 

Cars 

Cars, cars 

I see cars everywhere 

I go. 

and they are in parking 

lots just for show. 

Cars, cars I 
see cars 
Vroom, Vroom 
they go uphill 
and downhill all 
around town. 

Cars, Cars I 
see cars 
We buy cars 
to drive around 
to see the stars. 



First Grade-2 nd Place Southwick Elementary 

Tara Tun 

The Acorn 

A hard hat 

For a mouse 

Or a lizard. 

The top looks like a cookie jar. 

It is mixed with 

Black and brown stripes 



First Grade-3 rd Place Haverhill Elementary 

Katie Grace Schaefer 



Spanky 

Spanky Spanky quite contrary 
how does your fur grow? A bark 
here and a bark there. I just 
don't know. 



First Grade-Honorable Mention Hickory Center 

Brooklyn Woodward 

Roses are red 
violets are blue 
I count to 
two one, two. 
I have two 
bunnies they 
look just like 
you, they are so so 
cute. 



Second Grade-1 st Place 
Allison Smith 



Emmanuel-St. Michael 



"Yuck" 

I hate having salmon for dinner. 

I'd rather starve, and get thinner. 

It's grey and it's pink 

And it really does stink 

I hate having salmon for dinner. 



Second Grade-2 nd Place 
Kiran Kulkarni 



Canterbury School 



COUPLETS 

WHAT IS A BUNNY WITHOUT A TAIL? 
WHAT IS A STORM WITHOUT ANY HAIL? 

WHAT IS A CHAIR WITHOUT ANY LEGS? 
WHAT IS A BOARD WITHOUT ANY PEGS? 

WHAT IS A COW WITHOUT A HERD? 
WHAT IS A BOOK WITHOUT A WORD? 

WHAT IS A BED WITHOUT ANY SHEETS? 
WHAT IS A PERSON WITHOUT ANY PEEPS? 

WHAT IS A DESERT WITHOUT ANY SNAKES? 
WHAT IS A PARTY WITHOUT ANY CAKES? 

WHAT IS A WITCH WITHOUT A CAT? 
WHAT IS A MAN WITHOUT A HAT? 



WHAT IS A BUTTERFLY WITHOUT ANY WINGS? 
WHAT ARE PEOPLE WITHOUT A KING? 



Second Grade-3 rd Place Emmanuel St. Michael 

Campbell Twomey 

Broccoli and Cheese 

On Saturday night my mom put 
broccoli and cheese on my plate. 

I wanted steak, but it was too late. 

The broccoli and cheese snarled and growled 
and got bigger and bigger and bigger 
as I sat. 

So big, I thought it would eat my cat. 

I stabbed it with my fork before it got Lucy. 

I ate it real fast, it was cheesy and juicy! 

It tasted so good I couldn't believe 
my taste buds. 

It was almost as tasty as Milk Duds. 

Mom, can we eat more tomorrow night? 

"We're having carrots," I'll be up for the fight! 



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Second Grade-Honorable Mention 
Rachel Musgrave 



Emmanuel-St. Michael 



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Third Grade-1 st Place 
Reagan Salzbrenner 



Volleyball, Volleyball 



Central Lutheran 



Volleyball, volleyball, oh how I love to play, 
I go outside and practice every day. 

A bump, a spike, or a set, 

Sends the ball zooming over the net, 

I practice my serve, hitting the ball SMACK! 

I jump up high to get the attack. 

Scoring a point, my team goes wild... hooray, 

I am the volleyball hero today. 



Third Grade-2 nd Place Central Lutheran 

Ashton Widenhoefer 

Butterflies 

Beautiful Wings 

Silent Landing 

Fluttering Softly Through The Air 

Tiny Body 

Nature's Peaceful Gift 



Third Grade-3 rd Place Central Lutheran 

Adrienne Spieth 

PIGS 

Pigs roll in mud. 
Pigs don't chew cud. 
Pigs eat slop. 
Pigs never stop. 
Pigs are pink. 
Pigs really stink. 
Pigs aren't clean. 
Pigs aren't lean. 
Pigs root with their nose. 
Pigs don't have toes. 
Pigs have beady eyes. 
Pigs draw flies. 
Pigs tails are curly. 
I like them surely. 



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Third Grade-Honorable Mention 
Makayia Woodbury 



Homeschool 



Homonym 



We play the Wii on 

family Wii night. 

And we have so much 

fun we yell, "Wee!" 



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Fourth Grade-1 sl Place 
Kristina Urberg 



Canterbury School 



The Perfect Tree 

Climb up, way up high 
Lift your wings and you can fly, 
And touch the pretty blue sky. 

Feel the wind whipping your hair, 

See the view and stop and stare. 

In nature's secret lair. 

Shade and a natural ladder, 

Nothing else seems to matter 

In my beautiful, beautiful tree 

Come along and join me. 



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Fourth Grade-2 na Place 
Lauren Butler 



Concordia Lutheran 



Dream 



below my bed 

upon a star 

in the wind 

until it ends 

Within the darkness 

Without light 

into the night 

Toward the bed 



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Sleepy head 
Sleep tight 
Off to bed! 



Fourth Grade-3 rd Place Canterbury School 

Daniel K. Coker 



Butterfly flying, 

Wings flapping feverishly, 

With amazing grace. 



Fourth Grade-Honorable Mention Canterbury School 

Gabby Spier 

Owl Chicks 

Fluffy little balls, 

Waiting at the nest for mom. 

To spread their wings out wide. 



Fifth Grade-1 st Place Aboite Elementary 

Nathan Phuong 

The Fall Dragon 

As the wind whispers through the trees 

The Fall dragon approaches 
Moonlight shines over the dragon 
An elegant shadow hangs over the small house 
The odor of baked apples swirls momentarily 
Dew drops shine like fading stars 
I climb onto the dragon's back 
We fly effortlessly into the night 
Wind streams past us, like a never-ending river 
The brilliant gold and orange of fall is laid out beneath 
A map of intricate patterns and movement 
Soaring higher than the birds 
Our goal is freedom, into the skies 
Nothing can stop us now, we are free 
A gust of wind knocks us off course 



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We tumble through the crisp air in a freefall 

Shooting down at unimaginable speeds 

The landscape blurs together 

Stopping is not possible now 

We hit a hill and everything dims to black 

W suddenly take off again 

Over the clouds and beyond the shimmering moon 

Reaching the library, opening a book 

Falling asleep on the dragon's back 

Its scales like a cascade of water 

The warmth lulls me evermore 

Lights blazing behind us 

The howls of unseen creatures 

Must escape or be taken 

Our minds go numb 

Faster, faster, faster, faster 

The wind absorbs all heat 

Spiraling into a pit 

Wake up on leaves of emerald green 

Springing up and looking around 

Final ride of the year 

Memories begin to come back 

To the library, returning the book 

Flying back as rain begins to fall 

The rain comes in sheets like liquid diamond 

Mats my hair down, but I don't notice 

A single bolt of lightning strikes the ground 

Ash replaces the ground that was there 

The ground steams with two forces colliding 

Last time, last time forever 

Stimulating me to make a final good-bye 

My portrait and in return, a scale 

"Farewell", I whispered as the Fall Dragon disappeared forever 



Fifth Grade-2 nd Place Croninger Elementary 

Kristen Davis 



Autumn 

The autumn sun is 
Shining on me, 
And I can feel 
A soothing breeze. 
Falling leaves 



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Brush against my skin 
And open up 
a joy within. 
Autumn gives me 
a chance to be free 
To be whoever I 
Want to be. 
I climb up a tree 
to jump down again 
I chase away squirrels 
My feisty brown friends 
I gather up fruit 
And pick some crops 
I don't ever 
Want to stop. 
The autumn sky 
is soft and blue, 
Overhead, I hear 
A jay bird coo: 
"Summertime 
Has come and gone. 
Yet lovely autumn 
Still lives on. 
Stay, autumn, 
My wondrous friend. 
For me, 

You will never end." 
But autumn comes 
And autumn goes. 
I sure do miss her 
When it snows! 
The snow is surely 
Six feet deep. 
When I'm outside, 
I can't utter a peep! 
Since the snow is far 
Above my head 
I will stay 
Inside instead 
Dreaming of autumn 
And sunny skies 
Great Thanksgivings 
Pumpkin pies 
Dreaming of plums 
Plump and sweet 
Piles of leaves 



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Nature's fun treat 

A Thanksgiving feast 

With food galore 

Oh, autumn leaves me 

Wanting more. 

This chilly season 

We're in now, 

Makes me think, 

"Holy Cow!" 

Weeks ago 

I was having such fun. 

I really miss that 

Autumn sun. 

Once the weather felt so nice, 

Now the street is solid ice! 

I wish, I hope, I must pretend 

That lovely autumn did not just 

end. 



Fifth Grade-3 rd Place Holland Elementary 

Breanna Banks and Jalynn Heinkel 

Ferrets 

Ferrets are. . . Ferrets are. . . 

cute and cuddly, 
ugly. 

I love ferrets. 
I dislike ferrets. 

Ferrets like to play. 
I have to run and chase them. 

Their face is cute. 
Their nose is weird. 

Their nose is 
adorable. 



It gets on my nerves... 



They make so much noise. 



They have a disgusting smell. 



If I got one I would take it 
right back to the store. 



Whatever, I'd NEVER own 
one. 

FERRETS! 



They make so 
much noise. 



With proper love 
and care they smel 
pleasant. 



It needs a home and 
a good family to 
care for it. 



FERRETS! 



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Fifth Grade-3 m Place (tie) 
Mackenzie Anderson 



Haverhill Elementary 



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Fright 



Halloween night, 
Such a BIG fright. 

Hear the black cat's purr, 

as you touch soft fur. 

see the fire crackle, 

Hear the witch's cackle. 

Hear the monsters roar, 

See the witches soar. 

Trick-or-Treat, 

Can't be beat! 

You better run, 

It's so much fun. 

Hear the leaves crunch-, crunch, crunch, 

You better munch, munch, nxunch. 



Hear an eerie song, 
Listen to Ding-Dong. 
Hear them ROAR, 
See them soar. 
Such a fun night, 

But SUCh a fright. 



Fifth Grade-Honorable Mention Canterbury School 

Madeline Hildreth 

Just Me 

One in a million 

In a room 

In a building 

In a city 

In a state 

In a country 

On a planet 

In a universe 

On a neverending stretch of life 

Sits plain old me 

Not on my own 

But surrounded by many 

Dreaming 

About being a person 

Who made their mark 

To prove that nobody is 

One in a million 

But right now 

I'm fine with being 

Just me 



Sixth Grade-1 st Place Miami Middle School 

Paulina Rodriguez 

We were given 

Two hands to hold 

Two legs to walk, 

Two eyes to see, 

Two ears to listen, 
But why only one Heart? 

Because the other one 
was given to someone for 
us 

To Find.... 



Sixth Grade-2 nd Place Hobson Homeschool 

Sarah Hobson 

Books 

Books, 

Fun, enjoyable, 

Entertaining, occupying, calming, 

Living another's life, 

A companion. 



Sixth Grade-3 rd Place Memorial Park 

Simone Corey 

JUST WRITE IT 

How will I 

Remember to do 

All of the chores my 

Mother wants me to do 

Tomorrow like cleaning my 

Room, doing the dishes, washing 

My clothes, taking out the trash, dusting 

The china cabinet, doing 3 pages of homework, 

And practicing all five of my songs on the piano!?! 

JUST WRITE IT! 



No, no, no! 

I have a pretty good 

Memory myself, right!?! 

I mean except the fact that 

I'm going to have an awesome 

Dream about me being a superhero 

Or maybe even famous or-- never mind 

That's not important, but still... I don't think I 

Can handle remembering all of this, so now what? 

JUST WRITE IT!! 

No thanks! 

I should be fine 

On my own. Although, 

The thoughts of what to do 

Are slowly fading away one by 

One, but I still have a 50/50 chance. 

uh-oh! I completely forget what t do now!! 

I'll just ask my mom again and I guess this time 

I perhaps I could you know 

JUST WRITE IT!!! 



Sixth Grade-Honorable Mention Memorial Park 

Alejandro Lopez 

My Favorite Utensil 

I have 
a pencil 

It's a 

Utensil. 

It's in my hand 

Stuck like Jam. 

It's still in 

My hand because 

I am a great fan 

I really love 

My pencil. 

It's a very 

Helpful utensil. 

That's why it's 

in my hand stuck 

like jam. 



A very helpful 

Pencil. My favorite 

Utensil 



Seventh Grade-1 st Place Leo Jr/Sr High School 

Randy Swim 

Fear 

Terror. 

A frighty, flighty feeling, 

Red as blood, 

Or black as a still lake 

Comes when you don't want it. 

A shiver in August, 

or a chill breeze by a fire. 

Unexpected 

Primal 

A feeling that people long ago 
have felt before 
Unrationalized by madness 

People pay to get it 

Because, 

in their everyday world, 

Fear is not their usual companion. 

Native People lived every day 

with fears at their backs 

Old terrors now long gone 

Or Monsters, that we still fear today 

To us, it is now 
unrational, untamed. 
Long ago, now, 
Fear was normal. 

Noiseless, abundant, 

we ignore it 

Until, alone, 

We let it rule our minds 



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Long ago, we made lights, 

and drove the darkness from our world 

But always, 

Fear remains. 

Pictures, books, 

Images words, 

Noises, or the absence of light 

all cause it. 

Anyone can run, 
But they won't escape it. 
It follows everyone, 
Everywhere they go. 

During the day, 

We laugh it off, scorn it 

But it always returns 

to torture us for our mirth. 

The tolling of a clock 

A swirling tendril of mist 

A tree, bare of leaves 

All rational, but they scare us all the same. 

For in our world of light, 
little darkness remains 
And where it does, 
Few dare to go. 

For even the man, 
who journeys in darkness, 
who carries a beacon 
cannot throw off fear. 



Seventh Grade-2 nd Place Memorial Park 

Hannah Moore 

What are we made of? 

The human body is a writing utensil. 

Screaming and screeching under pressure and stress, crumbling into bits of dust; 

Just as piece of chalk on blackboard does 

Bleeding, tearing flesh 

Like Sharpie: scarring, seeping through veins of paper 

Depended upon unless inconsistent and worn-out 

A pen without ink just the same; useless 

Wiped out of the picture, ignored and erased 

What should be remembered as a Expo marker on a whiteboard 

It can burst with beauty and joy 

Like Crayons, innocent and reminding us of childhood, when there was no worry 

But I think we resemble pencils the most. 

Trying to fix errors in life, erasing regrets of the past 

Shaving off layers to start anew, sharp 

Then morphing back into stubby dullness 

The saddest part is that it's like everyone else: replaceable 

The human body is capable of chiseling, writing the future 

to the way it wishes it to be, limitless, boundless 

Instead of blending into the gray of lead upon tests 

An judging ourselves by the grade at the top 

The human should not compare itself to the writing utensil, but the words that are written 

instead 



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Seventh Grade-3 rd Place Holy Cross Lutheran 

Kirsten Lindow 

That Feeling 

You get that feeling in your stomach. 

When you read something you shouldn't have. 

Or when you've accidently seen something you weren't supposed to. 

When you feel like your insides sink through your whole body all the way down to 

your feet. 

When you feel as if you're on a never ending r c r 

o r o e 

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Seventh Grade-Honorable Mention Summit Middle School 

Grace Kepple 

Winter 

The snow falls 
Encasing us all 
In a blanket of white 
It blinds us; so bright 

I can't help but feel 
The warmth at my heels 
When I lay down in the cold 
The chill no longer has hold 

I'm floating and free 
my veins buzzing like bees 
Filled with mock heat 
That no mind can beat 

Now I'm awake 

The dream was a fake 

I boil over with regret 

As he comes for me; Death 



I'm floating again 
Reborn from a den 
I can't quite remember 
Except that it's 
Winter 



Seventh Grade-Honorable Mention Pax Classical Academy 

Hannah S. Weaver 

Be Wary of Wolves 

On the prairie, near the mountains, howling 

At the ghostly midnight hour, 

Shadowy, menacing figures prowling 

Cunning, patient to devour 

Impeccable hearing, haunting eyes 

Exceptional sniffers, great in size 

Run, poor creatures, for your lives 

If you fail, it's your demise 



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Eighth Grade-1 st Place Holy Cross Lutheran 

Jacob Tom 



Pencil 



The pencil 
This a great 

Invention 
It is a super 

Awesome 

And amazing 
Tool that we 

All learn to use, 

Eventually. 
Without it 
We would 

Lack a device 
That would let 
Us write and 

Correct a 

Mistake and 

Write on that 

Same spot. 

Lastly 

Without 
A great 
Pencil 

I 

Could not have gotten the inspiration to write this poem. 



Eighth Grade-2 nd Place Woodside Middle School 

Corinne Routh 

The Autumn Dance 

Gold, red, and amber leaves, 

Dance in the brisk wind. 

Teasing each other, 

Spinning in harmony 

Swooping, rising, soaring 

The wind sings 

As they dance, 

Golden notes of fall on a blue sky. 

Riding the breeze 

Gracefully curving, and arcing higher 

Before gently spiraling down. 

Landing softly, gold tipped, 

As the autumn gold sun 

Sets down, 

Ending the 

Dance of Autumn. 



Eighth Grade-3 rd Place Memorial Park 

Audrey Scantlin 

Another Day 

Sipping a milkshake, creamy and sweet 
A delicious summer treat 

I hear the sound of buzzing bees 
Soaring swiftly through the trees 

The smell of the grill wafting through the door 
My sister asks, "Can I have more?" 

I walk outside and down the road 
Out from the grass hops a little brown toad 

I finally make it to the park 
My mom told me to be home before dark 

A local band plays a smooth jazz song 
But I cannot stay for very long 

I then begin my walk back home 
Enjoying all my time alone 

At dusk i watch the fireflies 
Lighting up the navy skies 

And now it's time to go to bed 
And lay to rest my tired head 

Tomorrow I'll wake up at noon 
For yet another day in June 



Eighth Grade-Honorable Mention Memorial Park 

Ricky Broemmel 



Nervous 



There's that warm bubbling sensation 

In the pit of your stomach 

Like the fizz rising in a soda can 

There's that tingling in your toes 
Sending your body vibrating 
Like a buzzing honey bee 

There's that sweat dripping 
Down the back of your neck 
Like water slinking down the drain 

There are those three crazy symptoms 

That tell you that you're nervous 

And I have each and every one of them. 



Ninth Grade-1 st Place Concordia High School 

Dominic Perugini 

Favorite Things 

No place other than the woods 
Or standing by a river fishing 
Makes me as happy as it could. 
Sitting here quietly listening 

Nothing else makes me feel the same 

As reeling in a big ol' fish 

Or in the woods finding some game 

Some people are against it but it's the way I live 

Cold biting at your face in a tree stand 
The sun's warmth shining on you 
Listening to my favorite country band 
These things are my favorite to do 

I'd rather be in the woods or river 
Hangin' out with a pole or a quiver 



Ninth Grade-2 nd Place 
Alex Koenemann 



Concordia High School 



Spring 



The cold flower wept with grief for spring 



Ninth Grade-3 rd Place 
Aaron Reynolds 

Music 

What would we do without music in life? 
This world would be a sad and lonely place. 
Its melodious sounds help us in our strife. 
It fills the void of the world's empty space. 

Trumpets, trombones, tubas, and baritones 
Violins, violas, cellos, and bass 
They drown out the sounds of humankind's moans, 
Chases away sadness and leaves no trace. 

Radios, Ipods, human voices all 

Combine to make a euphonious sound 

That breaks through the gloom and tears down the wall 

Where harmony and love are found. 

Listen to music, it makes your heart sing 
Sing it and play it, great joy it will bring. 



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Ninth Grade-Honorable Mention 
Nick Coomer 

The Fight for Unity 



Concordia High School 



Grey, blue 

battling each other who would have known 

Brother battling brother 

there they lay upon the field at which they used to pick flowers for their mother 

Death has come upon them 

unity crumbles 



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Tenth Grade-1 st Place Homeschool 

Hannah E. Beer 

We Will Cope 

This rainy night, 

As shapes fly past the window, 

I think of it. 

It will change us. 

Some change will be good, some hard, 

And some just change. 

I stare, unseeing, 

My heart twisting in my chest. 

When will it come? 

So much uncertainty, 

No one knows when it will come, 

Just that it will. 

Close ties may fade, 

And I will give up some comfort, 

But we will cope. 

I have forgotten 

What it is like to be normal, 

But we will cope. 

Sometimes I am glad 

That it will happen soon, not far-off. 

It seems exciting. 

But mostly I fear. 

I fear change back to the normalcy 

Which I no longer know. 

This fear holds me. 

It holds me from my future, 

And pulls me down. 

I am afraid. 

I fear what will change by it. 

What will happen? 



But we will cope. 

I, and my God, and my friends; 

We will cope. 



Tenth Grade-2 nd Place Concordia High School 

Justin Swan 

Silent leaves 

Leaves falling down 

Onto the dead silent ground 

Disturbing nothing 



Tenth Grade-3 rd Place Concordia High School 

Taylor Bryant 

Living Without You 

I keep looking ull around trying to catch a glance of you 

Where you promised you were going to be 

But I couldn't find you 

You left me there to fend for myself 

When the storm came 

No one was there to protect me 

When I was still hoping that you remembered 

You were out there forgetting 

Just so you know I don't hate you, I never will 
I stopped loving you when I got nothing in return 



I cared about you then 

I care about you now 

You may have forgotten, but I never will 

Even though you hurt me I can't seem to let you go 
After all this time of hiding in the bushes of life so you would not notice me 

I want you to know that 

I loved you once 

Never again 

This hole in my heart will take time to mend 

Because of the damage that you have done 

But broken hearts do heal 

But now tears may be falling 

And my thoughts keep circling to you 

But soon things will get better 

Without you they always have. 



Tenth Grade-Honorable Mention New Tech Academy 

Joycelynn Witherspoon @ Wayne High School 

Just Tell Me 

4 years, No tears, All laughs 

Just Tell Me 

Secrets shared, so don't you dare 

Just Tell Me 

l-O-U's, New hairdo's, with matching shoes 

Just Tell Me 

Girl talk, while watching Degrassi 

You can't see it, my eyes getting glassy, 

Please, Just Tell Me 

I text first, conversations quickly end 

Just Tell Me 

Hearing about the fun from other friends, My invite? 

Just Tell Me 

September's coming to an end, it's been 5 months 

Just Tell Me 

I caught the hint, but why didn't you vent? 

I thought we were more than that.. 

WE are now I, I've had time to prepare 

Don't bother telling me something I already know. 



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Eleventh Grade-1 st Place Bishop Dwenger 

Becca Gunter 

I Dance 

When I was just a babe in arms, my feet were taught to dance 

From behind all the folds of the one I loved best, 

I emerged like the seed of the rose. 

At first with a peek and then with a step, 

I smiled as they all said, "How cute"! 

This shy little girl had found love with the dance, 

And the bud was preparing to bloom. 

I dance. 

The years now have passed and this love still abounds. 

My shelter has moved to the side. 

The stage lights come up and the music resounds; 

And the rose has emerged from the womb. 

Passion guides my feet as they glide on the stage, 

And I am lost in the moment for a time. 

I dance 

Intensity reigns as I work through the steps, 

And perfection through pain is a goal. 

The raging fires call out to me, 

As the world seeks to damp them away. 

I know in my heart dance will always be my love, 

Til the flower has wilted away. 

I dance. 



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Eleventh Grade-2 nd Place Bishop Dwenger 

Jane Freistroffer 

The Traveler 

Among chilled streets, he stands alone 
Through dreary nights above the stone. 
He grasps his dreams as he takes flight, 
Walking with a hidden light. 
Though all is fiercely bound with rope, 
He holds onto his gleam of hope. 
The dark wind howls its eerie song. 
He knows his time will not be long. 
Seeing the darkness coming near, 
He takes the truth and does not fear. 
A tune is played but stops too quick. 
The candle burns out by the wick. 



Eleventh Grade-3 rd Place 
Claire Gardner 



Leo Jr/Sr High School 



Tears 



The 

Tear falls, 

Slowly, slowly. 

It rolls down her cheek, 

Onto her chin, pauses like it's 

Trying not to fall. But, it does fall, 

Down, down, down, onto her shirt. 

The next one falls, and the next after 

That, down they go, one after the 

Other, all because she let that 

One fatal tear slip 

Away. 



Eleventh Grade-Honorable Mention 
Eliese Kurtzweg 

Guardian Angel 

First Breath Beat of your heart 

First Step Was your solid ground 

First Fall Caught you 

First Friend Held your hand 

First Day of Preschool Right beside you 

First Presentation Confidence in your voice 

First time-out Comforted you 



Bishop Dwenger 



First race Stride in your step 

First Day of High School Empty desk behind you 

First Dance Left foot. . . Right foot 

First act of defiance Prayed for you 

First fight Cried for you 

First Drink Warned you 

First Blackout Carried you home 

First Car Accident Pillowed your body 

First Loss Cried with you 

First lesson learned hugged you 

First confession Forgave you 

First love surrounded you 

First child A blessing for you 

First tear of joy Smiled upon you 

First unemployment Was your breathing hope 

First grandchild We witnessed a miracle 

First cancer cell gave you time 

First goodbye held you together 

Last breath I exhaled with you 

I waited for you... 

And now we are home 



Twelfth Grade-1 st Place Bishop Dwenger 

Mingyi Sun 

A round moon at that night 

Still awake at a fall midnight 

Sitting by the window 

And looking outside 

The moon is hung in the dark silent sky 

So round and bright 

Going through the gaps of trees 

Is the white moonlight 

Like soft silk falling on me 

Smooth and light 

Round moon means gather 

But I can't get back to my motherland 

Standing in this new and lonely world 

Holding my feelings that no one understands 

Just use sky as paper 

Use moonlight as a pen 

Write down a letter full of wishes 

To those I love and miss 

Looking forward to meeting them sometime again 

The other side of the earth 

is enjoying the warm sunshine 

But after the moonrise 

It can hear my blessing through the wind 

See my wishes on the sky 



Twelfth Grade-2 nd Place South Side High School 

Emily Barrand 

If I Were a Rose 

I leave footprints in places where no one has walked. 

I stray far from the dull path ahead. 

With my head in the clouds 

I don't follow the crowd. 

But if I were a rose, I'd be red. 

They say that I'm crazy. 

They say that I'm weird. 

They question the thoughts in my head. 

They taunt me and tease me, 

But trust me, believe me... 

If I were a rose, I'd be red. 

They try to persuade me, 

They tell me to change. 

I listened no once when they said, 

"There's no competition 

To keeping tradition!" 

Yet, if I were a rose, I'd be red. 

They stay in the lines. 

They think in the box. 

They go down the path they've been led. 

I'm different-eccentric. 

But truly, I meant it- 

If I were a rose, I'd be red. 



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Twelfth Grade-3 rd Place Concordia High School 

Larraine Graham 

This mouth 

Has shared the slander 

And stifled laughter 

These ears 

Have listened to the gossip 

Heard their cries of terror 

These hands 

Have helped to pass the notes 

Have sent the harsh emails 

But their mouths 

Have remained silent 

And now speak no more 

And their ears 

Heard the harmful words 

Which they now hear no more 

And their hands 

Have shaken with hurt and anger 

But now lay lifeless at their sides 

And now my heart has changed 

My mouth speaks out 

My feet stand up 

My hands are held out, reaching out 

Defending, upholding, loving, and supporting 



Twelfth Grade-Honorable Mention Concordia High School 

Taryn Ahmed 

<Untitled> 

You don't have time to make a title for life. 
What's now isn't what was. 

Young. 
What's now isn't what will be. 

Old. 
This is the present. 
A present. 

Something that is offered, presented, or given as a gift. 
You don't have time to make a title for life. 



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What was given. 

Birth. 
What will be given. 

Death. 
This is the present. 

A life. 

You don't have time to make a title for life. 

Unexpectedfallsdesperatelyneededhighsshockingtwistsunexplainablefearsuncontrollable 

laughsunstoppabletearslongdayslongernightssweetkissesbitterfightsdeepthoughtsshallowfriends 

deadendsnewbeginnings 

You don't have time to make a title for life. 



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